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The town planning board accelerated the drafting and voting process, holding the upcoming special town meeting in the hopes that the evaluation committee will take the ordinance into consideration for the Eolian project if it passes, Dubois said.
Residents will finally get a chance to weigh in on the future of local wind energy development Tuesday, culminating an information war waged by campaigns aimed at dispelling confusion over two controversial ballot items proposed by the Planning Board.
Selectmen have planned a special town meeting for Nov. 8 at the request of the planning board for residents to vote on two zoning ordinances on wind energy facilities. One of the ordinances would prohibit wind energy facilities to be built in rural conservation districts, which includes Tuttle Hill.
The Site Evaluation Committee included ongoing studies on the migratory bird populations among the conditions it placed on the project. Iberdrola appealed that condition among others to the committee but lost that argument, Iacopino said.
In an order issued last week, the committee noted the developers filed motions to clarify the original order issued May 6 and for the committee to reconsider its decision, and project opponents asked the committee to rehear the project.
Under state law, the siting and construction of all energy plants producing 30 megawatts or more comes under the purview of the Site Evaluation Committee. But the committee can be petitioned to take jurisdiction on smaller plants such as the Antrim project, which is expected to produce about 20 megawatts. This week, the committee voted 6-4 to assert jurisdiction.
But many neighbors don't want it. For some, it's a matter of losing the view they love and having the peace of their homes disturbed by the constant whir of turbines. And for others, Antrim Wind Energy has been much too vague about project details and the full environmental impact of the project.
"They made a lot of promises about how this is going to bring local jobs to local people ... We thought they would be fair and equitable to [our people]." So much for promises and our gullible expectations. ...The promises of good jobs and a local economic boost were insincere sales pitches, or worse, intentional deceptions.
Coos County Commissioner Paul Grenier said he was "extremely disappointed and disgusted" to learn that Ironworkers Local 7 has been bypassed in hiring for the project. "We basically have been lied to," he said.
"They made a lot of promises about how this is going to bring local jobs to local people ... We thought they would be fair and equitable to the people of New Hampshire,'' Cleary said.
But several late developments in Iberdrola's proposal, including a new power line route for connecting the turbines to the PSNH energy grid, caused uncertainty about the project following a week's worth of state hearings last month.
Wind-energy projects are starting to pop up in New Hampshire, but people hoping to see off-shore wind farms are still treading water. And if coastal development ever does ever occur, it will come with a sizable price tag. Projects proposed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are expected to cost billions of dollars to build, as do coal and nuclear plants located across the country.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth, who represents the public interest in the case, said this is the first time he has seen a power line route changed in the middle of the application process. ...Additionally, the state Division of Historical Resources recently rejected a submission from Iberdrola that the state agency said lacked sufficient information to address the project's impact on historical aspects of the community.
Gregg Pitman, the executive director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association, spoke against the potential noise caused by the turbines on behalf of Cheryl and Rick Lewis, who own Baker River Campground about 1.25 miles from the proposed site of the 400-foot turbines.
Brushing and tree-cutting to clear land for building a road system and the small spaces needed for the installation of GRP's 33 wind turbines will begin once the ground is frozen, likely in January 2011.
I was very disappointed to hear that CVPS has purchased 30 percent of the actual output from the 99-megawatt (installed capacity) industrial wind facility in Coos County, N.H. By doing that you supported the construction of 33 miles of new roads in high alpine areas that are presently roadless. Now I am reading press reports that CVPS is buying output from the Iberdrola project that will be blasted right in the middle of Vermont's most critical black bear habitat.
Suzanne Sayer, a member of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power in Maine, has extensive experience working with wind turbines. She gave two reasons why it hasn't caught on for residents. "It's not cost effective, and there's no wind," she said. ...Winds in most areas, except right on the coast, are not strong enough or sustained enough for most residential wind turbines to be effective.
Weighing concerns about noise and aesthetics against the altruistic benefits of clean energy, about 100 residents crowded into a Plymouth State University auditorium last night for a public hearing before the state panel that is reviewing a proposal to build 24 wind turbines in Groton.
A proposed wind park in Groton will be the subject of a site visit and public hearing June 28 before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. In addition, the town of Groton and area residents have petitioned to intervene in the process.
Slow to approve its own wind-energy projects, the state of Vermont is reaching out to projects in neighboring states to buy wind energy from them. The state Public Service Board has approved contracts under which Vermont's two largest utilities would buy power generated by Granite Reliable Wind's 33 wind towers in northern New Hampshire.